The Summer Set

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The Summer Set
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The Summer Set in 2011
Background information
Origin Scottsdale, Arizona, U.S.
Years active2007–2017
Past members
  • Brian Logan Dales
  • Josh Montgomery
  • Jess Bowen
  • Stephen Gomez
  • John Gomez
  • Dillon Morris

The Summer Set was an American rock band from Scottsdale, Arizona. The band consisted of lead vocalist Brian Logan Dales, guitarists Josh Montgomery and John Gomez, bass guitarist Stephen Gomez, and percussionist Jess Bowen. The Summer Set was signed to The Militia Group in 2008, Razor & Tie from 2009–2011, and to Fearless Records from 2012–2017. The Summer Set released four full-length studio albums: Love Like This (2009), Everything's Fine (2011), Legendary (2013), and Stories for Monday (2016). The band toured with numerous musical acts, including The Cab, We Are the In Crowd, Mayday Parade, Sleeping with Sirens, All Time Low, The Downtown Fiction, and Action Item.

Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily on the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.

Scottsdale, Arizona City in Arizona, United States

Scottsdale is a city in the eastern part of Maricopa County, Arizona, United States, part of the Greater Phoenix Area. Named Scottsdale in 1894 after its founder Winfield Scott, a retired U.S. Army chaplain, the city was incorporated in 1951 with a population of 2,000. The 2015 population of the city was estimated to be 236,839 according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The New York Times described downtown Scottsdale as "a desert version of Miami's South Beach" and as having "plenty of late night partying and a buzzing hotel scene." Its slogan is "The West's Most Western Town."

The Militia Group

The Militia Group is an independent record company based in Long Beach, California.


On October 17, 2017, the band announced that they were going on an indefinite hiatus. [1]


Formation and the early years

Prior to the formation of The Summer Set, Jess Bowen and brothers Stephen and John Gomez played in a band called Last Call for Camden, along with Kennedy Brock (The Maine) and Weston Michl. Last Call for Camden released one album, Keep Your Feet On the Ground, before disbanding.

The Maine (band) band

The Maine is an American rock band from Tempe, Arizona, formed in 2007. Their first release, the EP Stay Up, Get Down was released in late 2007, followed by a five-song EP titled The Way We Talk on December 11, 2007. The band's first full-length album, Can't Stop Won't Stop was released July 8, 2008. ...And a Happy New Year was released on December 9, 2008. Their second full-length album, Black & White, sold 22,634 copies in its first week. On December 6, 2011, the group's third album, Pioneer, was released and it peaked at No. 90 on the Billboard 200. Their fourth full-length record Forever Halloween reached No. 39 on the Billboard 200 by selling over 10,000 copies in its first week and was followed by its deluxe edition on June 17, 2014. Their fifth studio album, American Candy, was released on March 31, 2015. Lovely Little Lonely, their sixth full-length record, was released on April 7, 2017.

The Summer Set was formed in 2007, when John Gomez, Stephen Gomez, Jess Bowen, and Brian Logan Dales began writing and performing music. Josh Montgomery later joined the band as a guitarist in 2008. The Summer Set self-released their first EP Love the Love You Have in November 2007. In April 2008, the band signed its first record deal with The Militia Group. [2] [3] The band recorded and released their EP …In Color on June 24, 2008. The EP was reviewed on several music websites. [4] [5] [6] The Summer Set also recorded a pop punk cover of Usher's hit song " Love in This Club" later that year.

Love in This Club 2008 single by Usher

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In December 2008, the band released their third EP Meet Me on the Left Coast , which featured two new tracks and a cover of "Love in This Club" as an iTunes bonus track. The band also appeared on the Punk Goes Classic Rock album released on April 27, 2010 by Fearless Records, covering "I Wanna Rock and Roll All Nite" by Kiss.

<i>Meet Me on the Left Coast</i> 2008 extended play by The Summer Set

Meet Me on the Left Coast is the third studio EP by rock band The Summer Set, that was released on December 12, 2008, by The Militia Group.

<i>Punk Goes Classic Rock</i> compilation album by various artists

Punk Goes Classic Rock is the ninth album in the Punk Goes... series, released by Fearless Records. It was released on April 27, 2010. This album also contains another cover of Your Love by The Outfield covered here by I See Stars. The cover of which was featured on Punk Goes 80's back in 2005 and was covered by Midtown. This album also included an additional Bonus CD Sampler with each physical copy.

Kiss (band) American band

Kiss is an American rock band formed in New York City in January 1973 by Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss, and Ace Frehley. Well known for its members' face paint and stage outfits, the group rose to prominence in the mid-to-late 1970s with their elaborate live performances, which featured fire breathing, blood-spitting, smoking guitars, shooting rockets, levitating drum kits, and pyrotechnics. The band has gone through several lineup changes, with Stanley and Simmons the only remaining original members. The original and best-known lineup consisted of Stanley, Simmons, Frehley, and Criss.

On the April 5, 2011 episode of Dancing with the Stars , actress Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas danced a Cha-Cha-Cha set to The Summer Set's "Chelsea". In a behind-the-scenes package shown prior to the dance, Kane revealed that the song was written for her by Brian Logan Dales, who she had been dating at that time. [7]

<i>Dancing with the Stars</i> (U.S. season 12) season of television series

Season twelve of Dancing with the Stars premiered on March 21, 2011. Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman returned to the show as judges, while Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke returned as hosts.

Chelsea Kane American actress and singer

Chelsea Kane Staub, known professionally as Chelsea Kane since early 2011, is an American actress and singer. She is known for her role as Stella Malone in the Disney Channel sitcom television series Jonas and the role of Riley Perrin in the Freeform sitcom, Baby Daddy.

Mark Ballas American actor and dancer

Mark Alexander Ballas Jr. is an American dancer, choreographer, singer-songwriter, musician, and actor.


Love Like This

The Summer Set's debut full-length album Love Like This was released on October 13, 2009.

On July 6, 2010, The Summer Set released an expanded version of their debut album Love Like This titled Love Like Swift, which featured five live Taylor Swift cover songs (recorded at The Hoodwink at the 2010 Bamboozle Festival). [8]

Everything's Fine

Everything's Fine is The Summer Set's second full-length album, released on July 19, 2011 through Razor & Tie.

The group wrote with Paul Doucette of Matchbox 20 and Mike Daly of Whiskeytown in Nashville. They recorded the album with producer John Fields. “He pushed us hard and he brought so much out of us,” said Brian Logan Dales. “We had some early demos that sounded like our last record, but when we were done, everything sounded so new and different.”

Everything’s Fine presented a departure from The Summer Set’s previous sound, featuring slower tempos and solemn themes. “The title is a bit sarcastic,” said Stephen Gomez of the record. “Our first record was just one emotion. Everything’s Fine is yin and yang. We’ve had some ups and downs recently, some breakups, some general trials and tribulations. This is a record that says 'we’re young, but growing up and experiencing new things.'" [9]

On May 6, 2011, the band launched a crowd-sourced lyric video for "Someone Like You." The video featured live recordings of the band taken by fans during the Dirty Work Tour with All Time Low. [10]


Over the summer of 2012, members of The Summer Set rented a house together in Tempe, Arizona, where they wrote songs for their upcoming full-length album Legendary. The band stated that living communally that summer inspired the lyrical content of their third album, and sparked the fun-loving energy of the album cycle that ensued.

The Summer Set released Legendary on April 16, 2013 through Fearless Records. The lead single “Boomerang” was released in March of that year. The music video for the second single “Lightning in a Bottle" was released on April 8, 2014.

In late 2013, The Summer Set took part in the Macy’s iHeartRadio Rising Star competition. After the contest’s six million online votes were tallied, The Summer Set was announced 2013’s Rising Stars. As the winners, the band performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, as well as Macy’s Glamorama events with Sheryl Crow and The Backstreet Boys. On November 28, 2013, The Summer Set took part in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Their performance of “Lightning in a Bottle” was featured on the television broadcast.

After Legendary was released, The Summer Set created Half Moon Kids: a community forum designed to share, discuss, encourage, and support the creative efforts of The Summer Set fans. As part of the Half Moon Kids initiative, the group launched the Legendary Moments Campaign, which assisted fans in achieving longstanding goals and dreams. The Summer Set later released Half Moon Kids clothing and accessories for purchase.

Stories for Monday

The Summer Set's fourth studio album Stories for Monday was released on April 1, 2016. Singles from the album include "Figure Me Out", "Missin' You", and "Jean Jacket", which were all released prior to the album's release date. The Summer Set released a music video for the song "Wasted" on April 1, 2016.

On April 4, 2016, The Summer Set played at a Bernie Sanders rally in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, along with 3OH!3.


In 2009, The Summer Set played at Alternative Press's AP Tour, touring with bands such as The Cab, Never Shout Never, Hey Monday, and Every Avenue. [11] Following the AP Tour, The Summer Set toured with Cartel. [12]

In 2010, the band went on to play several festivals including The Bamboozle festival and the Vans Warped Tour. [13]

In 2011, The Summer Set participated in the free OurZone Magazine Tour, which took place over seven dates in the United Kingdom in May 2011. [14] The band was also part of the Dirty Work Tour, which included All Time Low, Yellowcard, and Hey Monday. The Dirty Work Tour ran from March to May in 2011, covering most of the United States. [15]

In 2013, the Summer Set performed on the Vans Warped Tour 2013 on the Kia Forte Stage and Tilly's Stage.

In 2014, The Summer Set toured in the United Kingdom with Paradise Fears and William Beckett on a string of dates after touring with We Are the In Crowd, Sleeping With Sirens, and Mayday Parade in Europe. The Summer Set also completed an acoustic tour for Legendary in the United States. The band also participated in the Vans Warped Tour for the second year in a row.

In 2015, The Summer Set traveled across the United States, performing twelve acoustic shows on the "We like It Quiet Tour".

The Summer Set played shows throughout the United States and United Kingdom from April to June in 2016 on the Stories for Monday Tour. The Stories for Monday tour opened with Handsome Ghost, Karizma, and Royal Teeth. That summer, The Summer Set played the final two weeks of the Vans Warped Tour. In August 2016, the band announced the Made for You Tour, where fans were allowed to select cities in which the shows would be played. During the Made for You Tour, the band performed shows across the United States throughout October and early November 2016.

Hiatus Announcement

In early 2017, Brian Logan Dales announced that he had been working on a separate project called DALES with producer and guitarist Matt Beckley since 2014. On April 30, 2017, DALES released its first single "Young for the Summer." DALES released additional singles throughout 2017. Since then, Brian Logan Dales has appeared multiple times for surprise DJ sets at Emo Nite in Los Angeles.[ citation needed ]

On October 17, 2017, The Summer Set announced on Twitter that they were going on an indefinite hiatus. [1] Brian Logan Dales confirmed the announcement in separate posts on his private Tumblr and Twitter accounts.

Musical style

The Summer Set's musical style has generally been regarded as pop rock, [16] [17] pop punk, [18] [19] alternative rock, [20] emo pop, [20] pop, [19] synth-pop [19] and power pop. [21]


Final line-up

Past members


Studio albums

Extended plays


List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
"About a Girl"[ citation needed ]2011Everything's Fine
"Someone Like You"[ citation needed ]
"Mannequin"[ citation needed ]2012
"When We Were Young"[ citation needed ]
"Maybe Tonight"[ citation needed ]2013Legendary
"Fuck U Over"[ citation needed ]
"Boomerang"[ citation needed ]2014
"Lightning in a Bottle"[ citation needed ]
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

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